7/19/2018 Scientists Explore New Experimental Model Systems to Advance BiologyTremendous advancement of basic biological knowledge has come from genetically manipulating model organisms to test mechanistic hypotheses. But the selection of traditional model organisms available offers a limited view of biological diversity, meaning that they cannot be used to investigate a broad swath of novel and important processes. Now an international team of scientists including Jackie Collier, PhD, an Associate Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University, is investigating how to genetically manipulate a variety of marine protists -unicellular microscopic organisms that are not classified as a plant, animal or fungus - to develop new experimental models that may help to advance scientific understanding in oceanography and other areas of the biological sciences.
7/17/2018 Two Stony Brook Researchers Receive Energy Frontier Research Center Awards Totaling $21.75MStony Brook University received notification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that two proposals directed by SBU faculty to expand or develop Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) designed to accelerate scientific breakthroughs needed to strengthen U.S. economic leadership and energy security will receive funding totaling $21.75 million. The two Stony Brook EFRCs are the Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties (m2M), led by renowned energy storage researcher, Esther Takeuchi, PhD, which will receive a four-year $12 million grant for the existing center; and the creation of a new EFRC, A Next Generation Synthesis Center (GENESIS) led by John Parise, PhD, which will receive a four-year $9.75 million grant.
7/13/2018 Study Shows Women's Emotional Distress is Not Associated with Poor Infertility Treatment Outcomes
7/2/2018 Adding an Inert Polymer to Plastic Solar Cells Enables High Efficiency and Easy ProductionPolymer plastic solar cells remain an industry priority because of their light weight, flexibility and cost-effectiveness. Now scientists from Stony Brook University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have demonstrated that these types of solar cells can be more efficient and have more stability based on new research findings.
6/27/2018 Targeting K17 in Pancreatic CancerKeratin 17 (K17), a protein that promotes cancer, may prove to be a key target gene in the battle against pancreatic cancer. New research involving K17 as a therapeutic target against this lethal disease is being conducted by Kenneth Shroyer, MD, PhD, the Marvin Kuschner Professor and Chair of Pathology at Stony Brook Medicine, and Luisa Escobar-Hoyos, PhD, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Pathology Translational Research Lab. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) awarded Drs. Shroyer and Escobar-Hoyas a $500,000 grant to carry out this research. This is the first time a PanCAN grant has been awarded to Stony Brook University. The two-year award will begin July 1, 2018.
6/21/2018 Fossils Reveal Ancient Primates Had Claws, and Nails TooHumans and other primates are outliers among mammals for having nails instead of claws. But how, when and why we transitioned from claws to nails has been an evolutionary head-scratcher. Now, new fossil evidence shows that ancient primates - including one of the oldest known, Teilhardina brandti - had specialized grooming claws as well as nails. The findings, published online in the Journal of Human Evolution, overturn the prevailing assumption that the earliest primates had nails on all their digits and suggest the transition from claws to nails was more complex than previously thought.
6/20/2018 Skiena Named Director of Stony Brook Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and InnovationSteven Skiena, PhD, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been named Director of the newly formed Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at Stony Brook University.
6/19/2018 Stony Brook Incubator Showcase To Feature More Than Fifty Companies June 27The Stony Brook University 2018 Incubator Showcase will feature more than 50 company exhibits and one-on-one networking opportunities with Stony Brook University's broad scope of biotechnology, energy, information technology, and Agriculture Consumer Science Center entrepreneurs. This third annual incubator showcase will be held on Wednesday, June 27, from 9 am to 12 pm at the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT).
6/14/2018 eDNA Analysis: A key to Uncovering Rare Marine SpeciesThe days of searching the oceans around the world to find and study rare and endangered marine animals are not over. However, an emerging tool that can be used with just a sample of seawater may help scientists learn more about rare marine life than ever before. According to Ellen Pikitch, PhD, of Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), this 21st Century tool that holds such promise is eDNA analysis. Her explanation will be published in a perspectives piece on June 15 in Science.
6/14/2018 New Technique that Shows How a Protein "Light Switch" Works May Enhance Biological Research
6/13/2018 Medical Student Named NIH Research ScholarStony Brook University School of Medicine student Jenny Kim is considering becoming an anesthesiologist and would like to research novel non-opioid analgesics for pain. During the 2018-19 academic year, Kim will be involved in pain research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) before she returns to Stony Brook the following year to complete her MD program. This opportunity arose as Kim was selected as one of the recipients of the NIH's 2018-19 Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). Kim is among
6/8/2018 Center for Biotechnology Named a National Accelerator for Health Security InnovationsStony Brook University 's Center for Biotechnology (CFB) has been selected as one of eight U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) BARDA-DRIVe accelerators. Each of these accelerators is directed to support bioscience companies to develop health security innovations within the national ecosystem.
6/7/2018 Takeuchi Receives European Inventor Award 2018 in the Non-EPO Countries CategoryEsther Sans Takeuchi, PhD, has won the 2018 European Inventor Award in the "Non-EPO countries", the European Patent Office (EPO) announced today. The award was given to her by the EPO at a ceremony held today in Paris, Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Of the four U.S. scientists nominated for the award, Takeuchi, the William and Jane Knapp Endowed Chair in Energy and the Environment, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences and in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, and Chief Scientist of the Energy Sciences Directorate at Brookhaven National Laboratory, is the only American to bring home Europe's most prestigious prize of innovation.
6/1/2018 Real Time, Portable DNA Sequencing Fights Drug-Resistant TBScientists in Madagascar have for the first time performed DNA sequencing in-country using novel, portable technology to rapidly identify the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis (TB) and its drug resistance profile. The project, led by a global team of doctors and scientists from Madagascar's National TB Program, Stony Brook University, the Institut Pasteur Madagascar (IPM), University of Oxford and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking to transform the surveillance, diagnosis and treatment of TB and other infectious diseases in Madagascar.
5/24/2018 Reservation for Two (Species): Fisherman And Dolphins Are Grabbing A Bite At The Same NY Artificial ReefSTONY BROOK, NY - May 24, 2018 - There's plenty of fish in the sea for human fisherman and bottlenose dolphins to feast on and now, according to a study by researchers at Stony Brook University published in Marine Mammal Science, both species are using a New York artificial reef at the same time to find fish to eat - a new finding.
5/23/2018 Using Microscopy and Genetic Analysis to Better Understand MetastasisBenjamin Martin, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, has received the Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research for his work with circulating tumor cells The award, granted to promising early career New York City-area cancer research scientists, includes a three-year $600,000 grant, effective July 1.
5/10/2018 Fuel Cells and Internal Combustion - a New Approach for Hybrid EnginesA team of researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) are developing hybrid engines unlike others used in industry today. Supported by a new two-year $2.3 million award from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the research involves developing and testing engines powered by internal combustion, such as gasoline or natural gas, and fuel cells.
5/7/2018 DOE Supports PhD Student's Research on an Elementary ParticleSamuel Homiller, a PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts & Sciences at Stony Brook University is among a group of students selected nationally as a recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program award. The award supports the research of graduate students in STEM fields with a $3,000 per month stipend and an opportunity to conduct part of their thesis-related research at DOE laboratories. Homiller's award runs the duration of the 2018-19 academic year.
5/4/2018 Breathing Lunar Dust Could Pose Health Risk to Future AstronautsFuture astronauts spending long periods of time on the Moon could suffer bronchitis and other health problems by inhaling tiny particles of dust from its surface, according to new research. A new study from researchers at Stony Brook University finds simulated lunar soil is toxic to human lung and mouse brain cells. Up to 90 percent of human lung cells and mouse neurons died when exposed to dust particles that mimic soils found on the Moon's surface.
4/25/2018 Stony Brook Professor Named European Inventor Award FinalistEsther Sans Takeuchi, PhD, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences and in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, Chief Scientist of the Energy Sciences Directorate at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the holder of more than 150 patents has been named a finalist for the European Inventor Award. The European Patent Office (EPO) selected Professor Takeuchi as a finalist in the category of "Non-EPO countries." The winners of the EPO's 2018 innovation prize will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on June 7.